Bill and Juanita, owners of Allenspark Lodge B&B, are living their dream...
running a successful business and riding as often as possible.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Ghost Ranch, NM
The weather had turned blustery north of us, so we finally headed south - into New Mexico. Back to a friend's place (she works for Ghost Ranch) where there is always a spare space and corral for the horses. Our vet was great about changing our horses' travel papers at the last minute and we were on the road again.
We woke up the last two mornings to roosters crowing. The neighboring cabin has a new brood of chickens, which turned out to be quite the entertainment for the horses, never having been around chickens before. I got up to let Sophie out, was seen by Washoe who telegraphed Ranger, who let me know I could serve breakfast anytime now. Oh no, way too early guys. Back to the sleeping bag - for about 20 minutes, until I hear hooves pounding the ground, racing around the corral. Sure, feed the horses so as not to wake the neighbor cabins. I toss a bale of hay and find one of the neighbors standing there with his camera, laughing at the antics. "Got great pictures of your horses running, kicking, bucking all around the field," he says. I realize he has let the chickens out and they must have been chasing them along the fenceline, so I explain they have never seen them before. It also sounds like they may have given the local coyotes a run, that were checking out the chicken pen/shed. Good watchdogs.
Yesterday, we delivered a horse and picked up another one for the Ranch. The exchange took place within about five miles of where Bill's mom lived, in the mountains outside Albuquerque. It was great driving the backroads through the Sandia's and all the fun memories that went with the drive. By the time we got back to Ghost Ranch, the weather had improved and was begging for a ride, so we saddled up Ranger, Jesse and the new guy, Casper. May as well start right away getting him acquainted with the trails, since his job was being a trail horse for kids and large riders. This guy is much bigger, over 16H and powerfully built, but really easy of manner. He has a scar in the middle of his chest that prevents him from being a proper show horse even though he is a registered Appaloosa.
The ride was super, mostly wandering through the brush and canyonlands of the Ranch. As soon as I get my camera cables located, I'll post some pictures. We are planning on heading for higher country today, and taking all three horses. Washoe hollered all the time we were gone, and showed everybody how well he can buck and move, but at least he didn't go over the fence.